Nickelodeon’s Bought Ninja Turtles

Teenage Mutants find a new home

Nickelodeon's Bought Ninja Turtles

by Helen O'Hara |
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There was talk of us seeing a new live-action Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie in 2010, but it's looking more like 2012 with the news that Mirage, the company that has owned the rights to the Heroes in a Half-Shell since 1984, has sold them for $60 million to Viacom's Nickelodeon.

That's right; the world's most fearsome fighting team has moved home, and Nickelodeon is now planning not just a new film for 2012, but also a CG-animated TV series to run alongside it. Whether that means that the film will be animated too, like 2007's TMNT, remains to be seen. On the one hand, the CG in TMNT meant that the Turtles could actually move properly and high-kick without their costumes getting in the way; on the down side, no one seems to have as much fondness for it as we do for the shonkier old films.

For those three of you who don't know them well, the Turtles were created by Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman in 1984, and were four baby turtles mutated by toxic waste into human-sized, intelligent (well, maybe not Michelangelo) creatures. Their mutated rat mentor Splinter named them after Renaissance artists (Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo and Raphael) and taught them martial arts, which they use against bad guy Shredder and his henchmen.

So what do you think readers? CG or live-action? And are you more interested in seeing the Turtles back on the big screen or back on TV?

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